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New Secretaries to State Governments (SSGs) are beginning to emerge as governors spend their full day in office after inauguration in some states:Lagos, Adamawa, Bauchi, Yobe, Kano and Akwa Ibom.
SSGs serve as the secretaries to the State Executive Council and coordinate the activities of ministries and agencies on the implementation of government policies and programmes, among others.
Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu named the former Head of Service Folashade Sherifat Jaji as the new SSG.
Jaji, before she became HOS, was the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions.
In Adamawa, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri appointed Eng. Bashir Ahmad as SSG and charged him to be firm and discharge his responsibility without fear or favour.
Ahmad had earlier served as Commissioner of Works during Fintiri’s three months stint as acting governor of Adamawa State in 2014.
Fintiri also approved the appointment of a veteran journalist, Solomon Kumangar as Director General, Media and Communications at the Government House. Kumanga rose to become the Director News at the Adamawa Television (ATV) before his promotion to the level of director in the civil service.
A seasoned broadcaster with the Africa Independent Television (AIT), George Kushi, was also named as Director Press to the deputy governor.
In Bauchi State, Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed appointed Mohammed Sabiu Baba as SSG and Abubakar Kari as Chief of Staff.
A statement by the governor’s spokesman, Ladan Salihu, said Bashir Ya’u was also appointed deputy Chief of Staff (Deputy Governor’s Office).
Also appointed were Mukhtari Mohammed Gidado as Senior Special Assistant on Media and Hassan Mohammed as Chief of Protocol.
In Yobe State, Governor Mai Mala Buni reappointed the immediate past SSG, Alhaji Baba Mallam Wali, in acting capacity.
“The acting SSG was until his new appointment the substantive secretary to state government under His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam’s administration,” a statement from the governor said.
In Akwa Ibom State, Governor Udom Emmanuel reappointed Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem as SSG.
He also reappointed Mr Ekerete Udoh as the Senior Special Assistant (Media) and Chief Press Secretary.
The SSG was sworn into office in a ceremony at the Government House, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
In Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje re-appointed Alhaji Usman Alhajo as SSG and Alhaji Shehu Mu’azu as Accountant General.
Ganduje commended the re-appointed officials for working with him in his first tenure in office which comes to conclusion on Wednesday 29th May, 2019.